When it comes to dog feeding and food, there are tons of myths and misconceptions, both online and offline. Some are spread through poorly researched articles; some are old stories that don’t hold water anymore, while some are outright lies spread by businesses in the pet food industry. To help you make sense of it all, this guide debunks them:
Myth: Dry food is the best food for your dog.
Though considered a heaven-sent answer to canine nutrition needs, recent information shows that dry foods can be a source of various chronic conditions. Dental disease, skin disorders, cancer, arthritis, kidney disease, and even obesity are some of the many illnesses’ now being connected to excessively processed and high levels of carbohydrates in dry foods. Water is and will always be the most bioavailable, beneficial food on the planet.
Moisture-rich diets offer vital support to micronutrient and electrolyte balance, thus maintaining cellular probity throughout your pet’s body. Fresh foods, as well as premium canned foods, offer fewer carbohydrates, high meat protein, fewer excessively processed ingredients, and proper moisture levels.
Myth: Pineapples are unhealthy for dogs
Pineapple is a tricky one when it comes to dogs. Of course, for most of us, it is a good idea because it is tangy, sweet, and readily available. But what about our four-legged friends? It is suitable for them too; however, just like any other fruit, too much of it is poisonous. In moderation, though, it is healthy and nutritious for dogs. Raw, ripe pineapple is awash with vitamin C, folate, Vitamin B6, niacin, thiamine, and riboflavin.
It also contains loads of minerals, including iron, zinc, calcium, phosphorus, calcium, copper, potassium, magnesium, and manganese. All these attributes make it a viable snack not only for dogs but also for humans. The nutrients play a vital role in the pet’s digestive health as well as the immune system.
Nonetheless, before you feed your dog this wonderful fruit, there are a few things to keep in mind. The treat contains a considerable amount of natural sugar and fiber. This essentially means that, while it is a healthy snack in small portions for your canine, it can have adverse effects on your pet’s health if taken in large quantities.
Be keen when you first feed him the fruit; if it experiences stomach upsets or diarrhea, then it might not be the right food for him. The central core is normally very tough, and like the spiny pineapple skin, it causes obstructions in the digestive system. To be safe, just stick to the fleshy part.
So, In general, is it safe for you to feed your dog pineapple? Yes and No. Yes, because in moderated amounts, it is a great snack; No, because a canned pineapple should be kept at bay. Canned ones contain a syrup that is awash with sugar, which is not good for your dog’s digestive tract. 3 to 4 chunks of a raw pineapple are usually more than enough for a dog, provided you peel and slice them into biteable pieces.
Myth: Prescription Food is the best option
A dog with unique nutritional needs is usually prescribed a diet by a veterinarian, which is a good thing. Nonetheless, new information shows that these exorbitantly priced canine foods are not always a must for your pet. While the big names’ of the meals provide personalized nutrition for your four-legged friend, this personalizing’ can also be found in some non-prescription foods at a much cheaper cost.
All you have to is do some research both online and offline and dive into what causes certain food allergies in dogs with various health conditions. Also, commercial food fed alongside homemade food can be beneficial.
Wrapping it up
While the internet is a good and reliable source of data, especially when it comes to dog food and things dogs cannot eat, sometimes it can also be a source of misconceptions and half-truths. As such, always go for well-researched sources with scientific backup when looking for information online.
Not everything you see on social media is right. For instance, the issue of pineapples not being good for your canine is all over the internet. But not all those articles tell you that they can be a healthy and juicy treat if taken in moderation.